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Adam French
The EAST COUNTY Observer

FAMILY MAN: French and his wife, Jennifer, celebrated their 10th anniversary in May. The couple has two children, Luke, 6, and Josie, 3.

SPORTS ENTHUSIAST: French enjoys watching sports,
particularly football and baseball, and says the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are his favorite team. “I
root for whoever the home team is, especially if they’re doing well,” French said.

PET LOVER: Growing up, French had golden etrievers
and his wife had poodles. Now the couple has a 3-yearold Goldendoodle named Daisy. “She’s the best
of both worlds,” French says.

AVID READER: French says that he loves to read crime books and cites John Sandford as his favorite author.

Summerfield resident Adam French may not have set out toward a career in banking, but it’s one that suits the vice president branch manager for First Bank’s Bradenton Main Branch perfectly.

French’s career has come full circle since he
began working at Liberty Savings Bank in Bradenton
in 1998. Since then, French worked his way from the ground up, landing his most current position
in April.

“I like the fact that you get to interact with different clientele and help them with any financial needs that they may have,” French said. “You get to help people piece their financial puzzle together in a positive way.”

A native of Westchester, N.Y., French moved to Florida 16 years ago to attend the University of
Tampa and to be closer to family. It was at the
University of Tampa that French met his wife, Jennifer, who teaches kindergarten at Willis Elementary School.

The couple grew up in neighboring towns, with
French living in New York and Jennifer French
living in Connecticut, but it wasn’t until they struck up a conversation that they realized they shared mutual friends back home.

French earned his degree in criminology in 1997 and began working at the Sarasota County Sheriff ’s Office, but French soon discovered
that a career in law enforcement wasn’t for him.
“That is a true lifestyle and not really a career,” French said. “You need to be either 100% into it or not because otherwise you can get yourself hurt or somebody else hurt. I didn’t see it as a long happy, fruitful career.”
— Jen Blanco

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